Police issue winter driving advice

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Northumbria Police have released details on how to combat driving in adverse weather conditions.

With the weather worsening over the next week and storms forecast, Northumbria Police have given details to drivers on how to stay safe on the roads.

The list gives practical instructions of car use and care when driving and to look out for pedestrians who may be in the area.

Motorists should be aware there are icy patches on roads across the region as well as some snow flurries and the police are reminnding people to exercise caution and remember the following advice:

  • Moderate your speed to match the conditions but try not to brake sharply, use the gears instead to decelerate.
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front – stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads.
  • Ensure you have adequate visibility by clearing front and back windscreens and all windows/wing mirrors before setting off.
  • Keep your windscreen washer bottle topped up, with the addition of winter screen wash.
  • Clean your headlights front and rear before driving and use dipped headlights when driving in poor visibility.
  • Be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too icy to use.

For further information and updates follow @NorthumbriaPol or internet search Northumbria Police news.

The main advice is to keep distance from other cars and to moderate speed according to the weather conditions.

National charity RoadPeace backed Northumbria Police’s statement.

RoadPeace said: “We support the police’s decision to take care of their local community. The advice is helpful but must be backed up with help on duty by police to make both drivers and pedestrians safe.”

Ben Holden, 19, who has been driving for two years said: “This time of year is always difficult for driving so the tips will help to educate drivers on staying safe.”

With national figures of car collisions and fatalities decreasing since last year, this advice will also go towards lowering those statistics.#####

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